Immigrant labour market participation in Belgium - high time to mainstream.

Ilke Adam, Mathijs Van Dijk

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The gap in labour market participation between natives and people with an immigrant background is significant in Belgium, one of the largest in the OECD. In this Policy Brief, we present research1 that investigated one of the possible causes of this poor performance, and we propose three main policy recommendations.
The research project studied whether Belgium’s complex federal state structure, and the subsequent division of responsibilities and lack of intergovernmental cooperation helps to explain this poor performance. The study concluded that governance complexity does not appear to be a main cause for Belgium’s poor results. However, more policy coordination would improve policy efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherInstitute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Commissioning bodyInstitute for European Studies
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

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